One Man Judicial Committee on OROP Visits Lucknow
Interaction of One Man Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP), headed by Justice L Narasimha Reddy, with the Veterans fraternity of Uttar Pradesh was conducted on September 7, 2016 at Surya Auditorium, Lucknow.
Prior to the interaction, the one man judicial committee explained the concept of one rank one pension to the Veterans fraternity. The veterans raised the issues for change of definition of one rank one pension, as given out in the recommendation of the Koshiari Committee, accepted by the Parliament, maximum versus average based one rank one pension, periodicity of one rank one pension equalisation, premature retirees' cases, non adherence of OROP to the minimum guaranteed pension amounts, non extension of OROP benefits to reservists, benefits of MACP and length of service and others.
The committee heard the issues raised by the veterans and explained the Government's views on certain aspects. The committee assured veterans that issues raised by them have been taken into account and would be forwarded to the Government of India with suitable recommendations.
After interaction, the committee further interacted with some of the veterans over lunch to get an informal feedback on modus operandi for implementation of one rank one pension.
Prominent veterans of all ranks attended the interaction and aired their views before the committee. Lastly, Major General Vinod Sharma, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Madhya Uttar Pradesh Sub Area thanked the committee and all attendees. On behalf of Lieutenant General BS Negi, Army Commander, Central Command, Major General Vinod Sharma felicitated the committee by presenting a memento.
One Rank One Pension implies uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank, with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement and future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to the past pensioners.
The Government of India, Ministry of Defence announced the implementation of OROP scheme on September 5, 2015 through a press meet and the notification for the same was issued on November 7, 2015. The Veterans fraternity all over India expressed their dissatisfaction on the modus operandi of working out details for laying down one rank and one pension. Considering the nature and degree of gravity of dissatisfaction, the Government appointed a one man judicial committee to ascertain and record the views of Veterans fraternity and recommend steps to be taken by the Government of India to address the anomalies.
- Gargi Malik Sinha